Traditionally there are two forms of floor art. While rangoli, characteristic of Western India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan) is a rainbow of colours, the other side of the spectrum are the floor art of Eastern India - Bengal, Orissa, Himachal where they use Alpana, a line drawing in rice powder paste. Since I'm more comfortable with the brush, I prefer the later, though with a difference. Instead of the traditional rice powder, I make use of gheru - powdered red clay.
Ever since we shifted to the new house (some 10 years back), our rangolis have become bigger and more experimental. Afterall, floor is one of the best canvases an artist can ask for!
Here's a showcase of what I've been doing since the last few years.
I'm a big fan of warli painting and tried to use it in this rangoli.
Next year was a bigger, geometric design.
This one's done by my elder sister. She applied gheru on a chart paper and made this neat design with poster colour. The flowers and diyas completed the beautiful design.
The best part is that this design mat is reuseable!
And this one's one of my favourite. Inspired by mehendi design, I made this rising sun which made best use of the entrance space.
The mirrors, the decoupaged matki and the diyas gave it a very pretty look at night.
And this year....
my younger sister gave me a helping hand :P
Measuring 9 equal squares was quite a task
But the final product surely brought a smile on my face :)
Hope you all had a beautiful Diwali!